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Detective Linda Whritenour Receives the “Officer of the Year” Award

27 Jun 2017

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Detective Linda Whritenour Receives the “Officer of the Year” Award

(Paulding County, GA) On June 20, 2017 Detective Linda Whritenour, of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, received the “Officer of the Year” award from the Paulding County Rotary Club at their regularly scheduled meeting. Detective Whritenour was accompanied by Sheriff Gary Gulledge along with her family and supervisors at a luncheon held in her honor.

Detective Whritenour has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since 2006 and has been an exemplary Deputy throughout her 11 year career. Currently, Detective Whritenour is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division at the Sheriff’s Office. As a Detective in our Criminal Investigations Division she works all types of cases. Detective Whritenour has been involved with and helped successfully solve many serious crimes that have occurred over the years in our county.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge noted, “Linda is an excellent Detective and works hard every day. She works every case from start to finish without question. I cannot think of anyone that is more deserving of this award for 2017”.

Sheriff Gulledge further stated, “I would also like to personally thank the Paulding County Rotary Club for continually supporting law enforcement in Paulding County. Without the support of philanthropic organizations like the Paulding County Rotary Club, it would be difficult for us to continually do our job”.


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Reservoir progress, airport and adultery discussed at commission work session

24 May 2017

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Reservoir progress, airport and adultery discussed at commission work session

With references to religion, Carol McCloud, a resident of Post One, demanded Post One Commissioner Ron Davis to resign from his post because of what she said was blatant adultery, portions of which were paid for by the county when Davis attended a state convention of county commissioners.  Her remarks which begin at the 32:30 mark in the above video, were part of the county's public participation.

The progress report on the Richland Creek Reservoir, given by Kelly Comstock, begins at the 15:06 minute mark.  Comstock points to progress on areas from the intake on the Etowah River to the dam, reservoir, distribution lines and water treatment facility.  His overall message was that the project was under budget and on-time.

Deena Sanfilippo questioned the costs of 'conflict counsel' - figures she asserted were in the range of $20,000/mo - in suits by the county against the airport authority.  This use of taxpayer funds, she opined, was a waste of money and could be used much more productively.  Her comments to the commissioners in the morning work session can be reviewed at the 38:00 minute mark.

Other news at the meeting included a progress report on the county's Drug diversion court as well as compliments the county received from its citizens for its efficient; even quick, service at the county's tag office.

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17 Dobbin's Middle-schooler's graduate from innovative Jr. Police Academy

23 May 2017

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17 Dobbin's Middle-schooler's graduate from innovative Jr. police academy


(Paulding County, GA) Earlier this school year Deputy Don Apperson, who is the School Resource Officer at Dobbins Middle School, saw the need and desire from several of the students at his school to learn more about law enforcement.

Deputy Apperson, who came to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office after completing a career with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, helped with a similar program there. Deputy Apperson began the Dobbins Middle School Junior Police Academy where he taught the students different aspects of law enforcement after school throughout the school year.

The students learned everything from criminal law and procedure to defensive tactics techniques. Deputy Apperson also solicited the assistance of the Hiram High School JROTC cadets to help him with this project.

Overall, 17 students completed the program and graduated on May 22, 2017 at a ceremony held at Dobbins Middle School. Sheriff Gary Gulledge noted, “Having Deputies come in and implement programs like this help bridge the gap between law enforcement and our community. The more lives we can touch in a positive way, the more “good” we can do in our community.


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Elderly man missing in Paulding Matties call alert

22 May 2017

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Elderly man missing in Paulding Matties call alert

(Paulding County, GA)  Johnnie L. Braden left his residence at 343 Helms Drive Powder Springs, GA (Paulding County) at midnight this morning (5/22) to go look for his missing dog and is now missing.

johnniebraiden.JPGMr. Braden left the residence in the family vehicle, a maroon 2006 Chrysler Town and Country mini-van with Georgia tag # WJD 106. 

A 91 year old man, Mr. Braden is 5’07” tall, 140 pounds, with grey hair, and brown eyes.

The PCSO detectives said that Mr. Braden does not have a cell phone with him and his family has not heard from him since he left the residence early this morning.

Detectives also believe that Mr. Braden may suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and that he could easily get lost.

According to his family, Mr. Braden was wearing a blue checkered shirt, a WWII veteran hat, and overalls when he left the residence.

If you see Mr. Braden or know of his whereabouts, please call 911 immediately.


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Blind woman brutally beat; PCSO arrests perp (see last post for update)

12 May 2017

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Blind woman brutally beat; PCSO seeks help finding perp

 Charles Brandon Ayers W-M, age 37The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the United States Marshal Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) are looking for Charles Brandon Ayers (W/M, 37 YOA).

Ayers is wanted in connection to a beating that left the victim, Tammy Usher of Paulding, in very serious condition at a hospital in Cartersville. Usher, who is blind, suffered facial fractures, lacerations, contusions, and severe bruising as a result of the beating.

Usher and Ayers had been lifelong acquaintances up until the beating took place. When they left her Paulding County home on April 26th in the family truck, Usher did not think anything about it.

After being gone three days and enduring days of abuse, Ayers finally dropped Usher off at the Loves Truck Stop in Emerson, GA and asked a friend to take her to the hospital because he had warrants. Ayers has not been seen since April 29th, and the truck they were driving is still missing.

As a result of rigorous Detective work, Ayers was charged with Aggravated Battery (F) and Theft by Conversion (F) out of Paulding County.

Ayers is also wanted out of Douglas County for Aggravated Assault (F) for allegedly beating another woman.

Ayers could be traveling in the truck he stole from the victim’s family which is described as a Silver 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 bearing Georgia tag RFZ 5853.

If you know the whereabouts of Ayers or have any information about this case, please call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-TIPS (8477) or the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division at (770) 443-3049.

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Scientists to march in Atlanta on message that science is your friend

21 Apr 2017

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Scientists to march in Atlanta on message that science is your friend

The above video is from Neil DeGrass Tyson and speaks to the challenge science fact faces in the politicized fake fact world and is worth the listen.

The Atlanta March for Science is an official satellite march organized by volunteers from the state of Georgia. We are committed to supporting the efforts of the Official March for Science movement and providing a platform for your voice to be heard in Georgia. If you cannot make it to the Washington, D.C. march, please consider joining our solidarity effort to support the official movement taking place worldwide on April 22nd, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

To help us keep you connected and stay up to date with the latest march information, please follow us at:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ScienceMarchATL
Facebook: www.fb.com/ScienceMarchATL
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/ScienceMarchATL

he March for Science is a celebration of science. It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.

Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?

People who value science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world. New policies threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings. We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely. Staying silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford. We must stand together and support science.

The application of science to policy is not a partisan issue. Anti-science agendas and policies have been advanced by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and they harm everyone — without exception. Science should neither serve special interests nor be rejected based on personal convictions. At its core, science is a tool for seeking answers. It can and should influence policy and guide our long-term decision-making.

The March for Science champions and defends science and scientific integrity, but it is a small step in the process toward encouraging the application of science in policy. We understand that the most effective way to protect science is to encourage the public to value and invest in it.

The best way to ensure science will influence policy is to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science. That can only happen through education, communication, and ties of mutual respect between scientists and their communities — the paths of communication must go both ways. There has too long been a divide between the scientific community and the public. We encourage scientists to reach out to their communities, sharing their research and its impact on people’s everyday lives.

We encourage them, in turn, to listen to communities and consider their research and future plans from the perspective of the people they serve. We must take science out of the labs and journals and share it with the world.

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